New 2022 Mazda CX-5 unveiled, facelifted with new lights and coloured claddings

The facelifted Mazda CX-5 has just been unveiled and changes have been limited to the model that was first introduced as an all-new model in late 2017. The second-generation Mazda CX-5 introduced a more sophisticated level of Mazda’s Kodo design, featuring a “less is more” approach to beautiful styling.

The new facelifted 2022 Mazda CX-5 continues the SUV’s evolution with a redesigned front and rear end, with the front fascia adopting a new three-dimensional grille and signature wing design. Similar to the Mazda 3 hatchback, the lower corners of the front bumper ditches any plastic trim or housing for LED fog lamps. The facelifted design was first leaked by Chinese websites.  

Both the front and rear lights have been restyled with a new rectangular shape, portraying a double ‘L’ signature. The newly styled wheel design completes the facelift look of the 2022 Mazda CX-5.

In the US and Europe, different trim levels offer a different finishing to the lower body cladding. Mid-range variants have the claddings in gloss black finish and are accompanied by similar black finishing on the signature wing, side mirrors and 19-inch wheels.

This mid-range variant will also sport the new grille design in gloss black as well as incorporating red accents in the three-dimensional texture.

The flagship or range-topping 2022 Mazda CX-5 meanwhile will have colour-coded or unified body claddings and paired with 19-inch wheels finished in bright gloss silver, as seen in the white example. The interior will also be appointed with higher quality Nappa leather and decorated with genuine woodgrain.

Mazda will be using their legendary rotary engine again, but in a more efficient installation. Learn about the new approach here!

Under the bodyshell, Mazda has been said to have fine-tuned and improved the driving dynamics and ride quality of the CX-5. The bodyshell, suspension and even seats have been evolved to enhance ride comfort and reduce fatigue. Occupants are also treated to lower levels of road noise, especially over rough surfaces such as gravel.

The facelifted 2022 Mazda CX-5 will also introduce Mazda Intelligent Drive Select (Mi-Drive) which enables the driver to select the most appropriate drive mode via the toggle switch. The six-speed automatic transmission has also been updated to deliver smoother accelerations and more responsive action.

Based on the limited photographs of the interior as well as (lack of) mention in the press release, it looks like the interior design has largely been maintained since the introduction of the 2019 model year improvement, which adds the 10.25-inch Mazda Connect central infotainment display and an enlarged driver’s multi-information colour display (MID) measuring seven inches.  

The new facelifted 2022 Mazda CX-5 will only go on sale in Europe from early 2022 thus expect the new model to arrive in Malaysia perhaps in the second half of next year.

The locally-assembled 2021 Mazda CX-5 in Malaysia is currently priced from RM132,404 for the 2.0 Mid, approx. RM16k more for the 2.0 High, RM161,104 for the 2.5 2WD High and RM174,852 for the CX-5 2.5 Turbo 4WD which we reviewed.

The torque-rich Mazda CX-5 2.2 Skyactiv-Diesel that sends 450 Nm to just the front wheels meanwhile is priced at RM167,275.

The next-gen Mazda CX-5 is rumoured to be a big step-up to compete with the Germans: six-cylinder paired with rear-wheel drive sounds tasty! Read more about it here!



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